kitchen table math, the sequel: The Educational Industrial Complex

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Educational Industrial Complex

Today I came across a great blog entry over at The Daily Kos by Nanoman, "a professor of electrical and computer engineering in Louisville, Kentucky and a parent who has had children attending K-12 public schools." He's taken the liberty of welcoming Education to "the old familiar Military, Tobacco, Pharmaceutical and Medical Insurance Industrial Complexes."

He prefaces a fabulous chart, a centerpiece of the blog entry, with this:
Please forgive the hyped intro, but the story that follows (which is summarized in the blue and yellow chart) is worth reading because it is being repeated in school districts across the country where choreographed ploys are used to bypass parent concerns about poor math texts.

Just take a look at Math Wars: The Educational Industrial Complex. The chart with Steve Leinwand at the center of all the hullabaloo is certainly worth the price of admission.

When you're done with that, you might want to check out "Is Our Children Learning" Math Texts too.


Instructivist said...

What a terrific find, CT!

I had no idea GE is another player promoting voodoo math. You could almost lose your mind when you consider all these big-money foundation promoting constructivist math.

To think that the guiding spirit is this Leinwand fatuousness:

In a Feb. 9, 1994, article in Education Week, he [Leinwand] wrote: "It's time to recognize that, for many students, real mathematical power, on the one hand, and facility with multidigit, pencil-and-paper computational algorithms, on the other, are mutually exclusive. In fact, it's time to acknowledge that continuing to teach these skills to our students is not only unnecessary, but counterproductive and downright dangerous."

Catherine Johnson said...

That's the ur-quote.

Catherine Johnson said...

Thanks for putting this up!!